Digital Television in India

Essay by cs11University, Master'sA-, August 2004

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Technology has certainly changed the world. In our every day life we can see many changes in technology. Like say for live example yesterday I was searching for a digital camera. I found the latest one is 3MP (Mega pixel) and today I found that they came up with 4MP of digital camera in market. Unbelievable that fast is technology changing. Not only in digital camera, since last many years consumer electronic field have changed dramatically. Say for instance you can now watch movies on DVD (digital versatile disk), record TV shows on disk-based PVRs (personal video recorders), connect to the internet using cable modems, and get hundreds of channels of satellite-delivered TV on an 18" dish. Something you may not have heard about yet, but will soon, is digital television, or DTV.

Background of the technology:

DTV has been in development for more than a decade. The FCC began its first inquiry into advanced television (ATV) services in 1987 at the request of 58 broadcast organizations, which jointly petitioned the Commission to explore the possible impact of ATV technologies on existing broadcast service.

Later that year, the FCC established the Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service (ACATS) to provide recommendations about ATV technical and economic issues. As discussion continued, all-digital ATV systems were developed, and ATV became DTV. In 1988, broadcasters and manufacturers funded the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) as a private, nonprofit organization to test new DTV technologies. Also that year, a group of cable television system operators established Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs) to work with the ATTC on the cable portions of DTV standards tests.

"In late 1996 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recommended a new digital television (DTV) system, proposed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), and Congress decided that by 2006,